MANDI BAHAUDDING/BAHAWALPUR-Anti-Congo virus campaign continued here with Livestock Department teams conducting spray at cattle markets and officers holding meetings to find the way out.

In Mandi, the livestock teams sprayed 590 small cattle heads and 195 big ones at cattle markets under the supervision of Deputy District Officer Dr Ziaullah Gondal. In Tehsil Malakwal, Assistant Commissioner Asif Raza called Tehsil Emergency Response Committee meeting where progress of ongoing campaign to end Dengue and Congo virus was reviewed.

He directed veterinary officer complete spray of sacrificial animals. He said spray of animals is as important as anti-dengue spray. He asked TMA and Anti Dengue/Anti Congo virus staff to remain alert till the event of Eid.

The Bahawalpur district administration has directed the officials concerned that immediate measures be taken to stop illegal cattle markets and sale points in the district.

It said effective precautionary measures be taken by ensuring anti-viral spray at government-approved cattle markets and sale points in district Bahawalpur. The DCO made these remarks while presiding over a meeting held to review the arrangements of the cattle markets.

“All available resources should be mobilised to establish points which should have adequate equipments and anti-viral spray to decimate the incidence of Congo virus and other diseases,” the DCO directed.

He urged livestock officials and assistant commissioners to sharpen their vigil to wipe out the prevalence of Congo Virus to ensure disease free, congenial and healthy environment at the cattle markets and sale points.

BABY SHOW: Population Welfare Department held a healthy baby show at Phalia as part of observance of Family Planning week. Thirty babies participated in the competition. Hazifa Butt was declared first while Dursmun and Mehrun Nisa won the second and third positions respectively.

Afzal Phaphra Population Welfare Officer distributed awards and gifts to winning babies. The function was attended by parents of babies and members of civil society. Speaking on the occasion, Afzal said main purpose of celebrating family planning week was to encourage female babies. Without Investment on education of girls dream for progress and prosperity of the country could not be fulfilled, he noted.

RAID: Health Department team raided an illegal laboratory in Kashmir Colony and recovered 12-bottle blood of drug addicts.

Three persons were caught red-handed against whom police registered a case. Talking to media persons, the inspector said the accused had been selling blood for Rs800 a bottle. The blood was found drawn from sick persons. DCO Muzaffar Sial has directed EDO Health Mian Arshad to hold inquiry and take strict actions against culprits involved in selling blood of sick persons for transfusion purpose.

Meanwhile, a cooking competition was held under Population Welfare Department at Mandi Bahauddin and in other tehsil headquarters of Phalia and Malikwal. Considerable women participated in the competition. Additional District Collector Afzaal Warriach awarded prizes to winners of the first three positions.